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This week's sports flashback

March 22, 2008
By John Vrancic -
March 16-22, 1998

Nick Radebaugh scored 26 points as the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears clipped the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers 74-63 in a Class D regional basketball opener. Bryan Spaulding hit 23 and Jeff Parkinson and Eric Stilson had 11 each. Mike Dishneau paced E-TC with 28. Marcus Besonen had 19.

• The Rapid River Rockets captured their third straight Class D regional volleyball title in a 15-5, 15-2 conquest of Bark River-Harris. Val Nelson hit 13 service points and Ashley Godfrey added eight against the Broncos. Sara Boyer collected seven kills and eight digs and Laura McLaughlin had five kills.

• The Gladstone Braves weren’t as fortunate, falling to the Marquette Redettes 15-13, 7-15, 15-10 in a Class A-B-C regional final. Gladstone’s Donna LaCrosse hit 10 aces in the tournament. Kendelle Lucas had 17 kills. April Reese tallied 13 kills and 37 digs. Hope Kelto collected 14 blocks and Casey Amis had 53 assists.

• Rhonda Royer hit seven service points, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Escanaba Eskymos from dropping a 15-8, 15-7 decision to the Stephenson Eagles in a Class A-B-C opener. Esky’s Allyson Conaway, Melissa Robinette and Adrienne DeSalvo had four kills apiece.

March 16-22, 1983

The basketball season ended for the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears as they dropped a 48-47 decision to the St. Ignace Saints in a Class D regional final. Cory Potvin led Big Bay with 14 points. Mark Pomeroy hit 12 and Daren Landis had 10. Art Benson scored 15 points and Jon Olsen had 14 for the Saints.

Big Bay reached the title contest by eliminating the Harbor Springs Rams 58-52. Pomeroy led the way with 19 points. Potvin hit 17. Kurt Erxleben paced the Rams with 17. Duane Kujat scored 12 and Rob Kowalski had 11.

• Carney-Nadeau’s tournament trail ended in a Class D regional opener with a 65-53 loss to the Dollar Bay Bays. Gene Stage paced the Wolves with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Todd Salo added 12 and Matt Johnson had 10. Dave Dix scored 23 points for the Bays. Steve Kiiskila hit 12 and Rob Forget had 10.

• Bob Boyle hit 32 points and Rick LaFleur added 12, leading Wally’s United Foods to a 71-68 victory over Pabst in an Escanaba Basketball Association playoff opener. Steve Fisher scored 12 for Pabst.


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